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TWO THOUGHTS: Curse of Chucky - Reviews

TWO THOUGHTS ON CURSE OF CHUCKY (2013) By Jozef Hamilton and Rush Urbalejo The 'Child's Play' series has paved a rocky road in its time, we had a horror franchise that turned to comedy quicker than any other. However, the comedy approach seemed to work a lot more in favour for this specific franchise, the premise of a killer doll itself is quite 'out there', so adding an element of dark humour is not a long-shot and can work in its favour, 'Bride of Chucky' being a clear example and my personal favourite of the whole series. However, as time progressed, we saw the comedy become more and more out of hand, it was less Chucky spurting one-liners as he dispatched his victims and more running a Britney Spears parody off the road in the 2004 sequel, 'Seed of Chucky'. That specific entry effectively killed the entire franchise, despite it being Don Mancini's first attempt at directing a motion picture, Mancini being the creator of the original 'Child&…

IN DEFENCE OF: Texas Chainsaw 3D

IN DEFENCE OF TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D (2013) By Lisa Fremont

It has come to my attention that the general consensus on 'Texas Chainsaw 3D' is one of severe hatred. Now,I was very excited to go see this film in the theatre because it was in 3D. I don't usually go for the 3D, but the promise of gore and chainsaws coming at me was too much to resist. It was a packed theatre and the audience was having a great time. You know, the requisite screaming, laughing at yourself for screaming, cringing at kill scenes and random yelling at the screen. All in all, it was a wonderfully raucous good time at a horror movie. Is the movie AMAZING? No. Is it something new that we haven't seen before? Definitely not. Does it deliver gore? Yup. Does it run too long? Nope. Are there scenes of complete audacity that can only happen in a horror film? Definitely. Most importantly, are there backwood hillbilly types who like to take the law into their own hands? Yes and Yes!! If you put all of these qual…

COMPETITION: Win The Reaper on DVD

COMPETITION WIN 'THE REAPER' ON DVD Today (23rd September 2013) sees the release of Safe Cracker Pictures' 'The Reaper' on DVD and Blu-Ray.  To celebrate the release of 'The Reaper' we have been given a number of copies to give away:
BEST HORROR FILM 2011 CANNES INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

 As a punishment for failing a test on the industrial revolution a group of teens are taken on a field trip to a railroad museum where a mysterious Mr Steele (Tony Todd - "Candyman") tells them about "Railroad Jack" - a cold - blooded "Reaper" - an horrific creature who ushers souls to the afterlife and is known to haunt a stretch of desert highway called "Deaths Door".

On their return they travel along "Deaths Door" and their school bus crashes right beside a strange, deserted fairground. Enticed by the light and the sounds of this deadly carnival, the teens set out to find help. But terror ensues when they discover the carnival…

KICKSTARTER: MARY DOE MOVIE

KICKSTARTER MARY DOE MOVIE
We're always welcoming new Zombie films.  With much love towards the Romero classics, there is always fun to be had with the dead rising and becoming the UNdead, whether they're sprinting or slowly stumbling their way around.   A couple of days ago a Kickstarter started up for Independent Zombie movie 'Mary Doe'.  From the information given, it seems to be a fresh take on the Zombie sub-genre and one to keep an eye on and support.  So read, watch the video, share and support.  


An endless trek across the scorched desert and the insignificant form that is Mary Doe, has exhausted all life within her. Rescued from death's door, she finds herself abandoned with five men, in the strange decommissioned government biological weapons facility of SAN EDEN.

A bullet wound to the chest, her only link to the past.

A toxin has been unleashed and the flesh hungry Mutants hold everyone captive. Time is running out. Mary must battle for survival as the Mutants…

IN DEFENCE OF: Rob Zombie's Halloween 2

In Defence Of...

IN DEFENCE OF: Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

IN DEFENCE OF... HALLOWEEN 3: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982) By Lisa Fremont

Having grown up on the Halloween franchise and declaring the first movie as my all time favorite horror movie, I still distinctly remember the first time I saw 'Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch'. It was so tremendously awful that I didn't know if I would ever be able to forgive the franchise. Well, 'Halloween 4' was a pretty solid "Hail Mary" for the series, but I digress. It was, quite literally, another twenty years before I was subjected to this movie yet again. I was "vacationing" in Plymouth, Mass. when a "nor'easter" struck. Confined to the house, I was really very excited about the Halloween marathon happening: until it was time for the third installment. I decided to look at this as an opportunity to view the movie with different eyes and was justly rewarded. Season Of The Witch is a horror/sci-fi hybrid of a movie that really delivers. 

An unusual murder…

Insidious: Chapter 2 - Review

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2  REVIEW By Bill Gordon
"Ten steps back and no steps forward"
James Wan isn’t exactly a bad director.  ‘Saw’ was a brilliant thriller/mystery/horror, before it got overloaded with too many ideas, ‘Dead Silence’ wasn’t great, ‘Insidious’ was incredibly mediocre with little scares and ‘The Conjuring’ was another mediocre attempt, despite being a nice throwback to 70’s horrors such as ‘The Amityville Horror’ and ‘The Exorcist’.  I believe his strength lies in visuals and intensity, unfortunately any tense moments are usually delivered with poor/clichéd scares.  He provides great make-up effects in the majority of his films, but we can’t exactly give him the credit for all of that.  When you watch ‘Saw’ you can see he isn’t a bad director, and I believe he has the strength to provide decent films, however, so far it seems with every film he releases  he’s taking two steps back and one step forward, or if we’re talking about ‘Insidious 2’… ten steps back and no st…

IN DEFENCE OF: The Blair Witch Project

IN DEFENCE OF... THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) By Rush Urbalejo Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that audiences just can’t seem to agree on.This happens more often than not when it comes to the horror genre.Horror fans have certain expectations for their beloved films and as long as the movie hits those points, most of those fans will wind up loving the movie, even if the general public feels that the movie in question was less than spectacular.This split is very evident when it comes to one of the most important horror films of all time: The Blair Witch Project.
The basic premise behind the film is that three documentary filmmakers are researching the legend of the Blair Witch, a spirit that is said to inhabit the woods surrounding the small town of Burkittsville, Maryland.They hear the warnings and record the stories, yet they still decide to journey into the woods to uncover the truth for themselves and were never heard from again.Five years later, the footage that was left b…

KICKSTARTER: Carver - A horror film by a 13 year old girl

CARVER A HORROR FILM BY 13 YEAR OLD EMILY DIPRIMIO So this is actually quite interesting; a 13 year old girl has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund her own slasher film.  She had me at "no CGI gore".  Below are a couple of extracts from the page itself, followed by the link.  Read, Watch the video, donate and share. CARVER is a throwback, 80's style slasher film. It was co-written and will be co-directed by 13 year old Emily DiPrimio.
Carver is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed on Halloween when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths, an ominous calling card in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge. The question is...who?

Carver takes elements from the great slasher films of the past and morphs them into one thrilling story. We know Freddie, Jason, and Michael are the killers in their respecti…

COMICS: Army of Darkness VS. Hack/Slash #2 (of 6)

When pages from the Book of The Dead go missing... only two people can save the world from evil... Army of Darkness VS. Hack/Slash #2 (of 6) review By Bill Gordon

Another month and another issue of 'Army of Darkness vs Hack/Slash'.  In this month’s issue, Tim Seeley takes our two heroes, Ash and Cassie, to a prison shower with naked deadites and an evil double, while on Ash’s quest to get some sugar… or find the missing pages of the Necronomicon… whichever way you want to read it. 
Like the first issue, the writing is funny and witty and Daniel Leister’s pencils look great.  However, sometimes you can’t help but wish that Stefano Caselli was on pencilling duties.  All you have to do is look at Caselli’s gorgeous work on the main cover and you’re salivating over the miraculous detail and the total bad-assery of it. 
This issue isn’t exactly a slow burner; it’s fast paced and it is fun.  For a mere 32 pages, it feels like a lot more.  It is still friendly to newcomers, with links ma…

DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASE: Aftershock - Review

Aftershock review
                                  By Jozef Hamilton


Aftershock is an interesting film for me to talk about, it's not simply a case of having bought the Blu-Ray and watching it from the comfort of my own crypt, I actually attended the UK première of this film during Glasgow FrightFest 2013 on February 23rd, where the director, Nicolás López and stars Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo were in attendance. A cinema offers a viewing experience that really cannot be matched by anything else. It was made even cooler by the obvious fact that is was a première and that those involved were in attendance, which included one of the biggest names in contemporary horror.

To cut a long story short, the film itself was great, everything you would want from a gross out cinema going experience. There was laughter, there was gasps of shock and there were cheers from all around the sold out showing. Most of those in attendance appeared to have enjoyed the feature, but does it still provide the…

VIDEO GAMES: Sepulchre - Review

SEPULCHRE REVIEW

By Niall Taylor

It is difficult to write about Sepulchre, the new horror adventure game from Owl Cave, creators of the brilliant Richard and Alice (http://owlcave.net/richard-alice/). For one thing, to go into detail would be to ruin the experience. For another, the game is only about half an hour long. Sepulchre revolves around Doctor Harold Lang, a museum curator on his way to evaluate some new historical finds. His train journey takes a turn for the macabre however, and it is up to the players to guide Lang through the journey.
The gameplay is in the traditional point and click style – you can examine and interact with objects around you, and you have an inventory in which you can store a few of the things you find on the train. It will be familiar to anyone who has played an adventure game before, and is accessible to those of you who might be new to the genre. Visually, Sepulchre is presented in a gorgeous pixel style, and utilises a limited colour palette to great e…

Under the Dome – S1 E11 “Speak of the Devil” - Review

Under the Dome – S1 E11 “Speak of the Devil” review* By Rush Urbalejo *Possible spoilers ahead  The story thus far:Chester’s Mill is a town just like any other – at least it was until the dome came down.As the residents were going about their day-to-day lives, an invisible dome was mysteriously placed over the town, trapping people inside and keeping those outside of the dome on the other side.Viewers have learned that four teenagers may hold the answer to releasing the residents from their invisible prison, though the reasoning behind this has not yet been explained.Within 9 days of the dome coming down, the town’s social structure has already begun to break down, turning ordinary citizens into heroes and/or villains.The deep secrets of some of the town’s residents are beginning to come to the surface while some with secrets are willing to kill to keep their private lives private. After a lackluster showing last week, fans of the series were hoping that this week would signal a return to…

Bad Milo - Review

Bad Milo Review By Rush Urbalejo 

Bad Milo doesn’t pretend to be an Oscar worthy movie. In fact, it knows that the premise is more than just a little ridiculous. However, rather than taking the day off and filming the low brow comedy that Bad Milo had the potential to be, writer Benjamin Hayes and writer/director Jacob Vaughan have given audiences something truly unique that actually has quite a bit of heart.

Bad Milo centers on Ken (played by Ken Marino), an accountant who has a few issues to deal with, not the least of which involve his less-than-loving father. He works for a company that doesn’t appreciate his worth and continually treats him with disrespect. At one point, Ken’s boss, played perfectly by the always wonderful Patrick Warburton, decides that the best place for Ken to work would be with a cubie mate in a restroom in the bowels of the building. Ken has been experiencing gastrointestinal issues for quite a while and, given his high stress level, he believes the issues to …

TO DO LIST: Found Footage/Faux Documentary films you might not have seen but SHOULD see

Bill Gordon looks through his DVD collection and lists: Found Footage/Faux Documentary films you might not have seen... BUT SHOULD SEE

If you look at our lists of top 50 horror movies you'll probably notice that right at the top in the number one spot in my list is 'The Blair Witch Project'.  'Blair Witch' is probably one of the best well known Found Footage films, despite not being the first.  The sub-genre is now all dried up and overused, but amongst the piles of the overused concept and head-spinning nausea there are some hidden gems.  
Atrocious (2010) Directed by Fernando Barreda Luna

'Atrocious' is a Spanish language horror that tells the story of two teenage siblings that endure a terrifying experience while investigating a rural legend near their family's vacation home.  Many times during 'Atrocious' you will probably start to feel quite dizzy and sick due to the shaky cam.  However, if you can overcome the shaky cam what you will find is a c…